Tea Review: Pisces, by Adagio


Pisces

From the Zodiac line by Adagio

Packaging

The tin for Pisces features a woman with white … fish-hair, I guess. Not sure what else to call it. It looks like dolphins are diving into either side of her head. She’s holding a big blue tuna-looking fish, and she’s got the Pisces sign tattooed above her right breast. She’s set on a blue and white oceanic background.

Leaves

The leaves themselves are interesting. I don’t find them particularly visually pleasing (which is odd, considering purple and green are my favorite colors). Felt a bit contrived. But, as you can see here, there’s a lot going on. We’veĀ got rooibos and white tea with a little black tea mixed in, plus lemongrass, chamomile, and purple cornflowers. There’s one little orange peel in the middle there, and the yellow splotch in the top left hand corner is a bit of grapefruit.

The smell is interesting, but not really in a good way (in my opinion). The smell is very abstract, perhaps a bit medicinal. I saw other reviews that said it was fruity (unbearably so, even), but I barely got a sense of fruit. Perhaps it was the mix of fruit plus chamomile plus lemongrass creating something more than just the sum of its parts.

Pisces tin and a view of the tea leaves inside

Pisces tin and leaves

Tea

I steeped this at 180F for 3 minutes, and here’s what it looked like:

Fully steeped Pisces tea from Adagio

Pisces tea

It’s quite a bit darker than I expected it to be. There might be more white tea by volume, but I forgot that rooibos is a fairly dense tea, and it definitely took over here.

The smell was again fairly abstract. A little medicinal, a hair fruity. The taste was pretty much what you’d expect from a tea that smelled that way, though the chamomile stuck out here. It was naturally fairly sweet. I wouldn’t want to add cream or sugar too it. Overall, I was fairly underwhelmed. I should have loved it – I like white tea, I like rooibos, and orange peel almost always works well in tea. But this one just combined in a weird way for me.

Conclusion

Too many constituents combine to form a vague and medicinal tea. 2/5

Adagio’s Description

Rooibos, white tea and black tea mixed with orange and grapefruit flavors will ease Pisces into their fantastical daydreams. Pisces love to get in touch with their creative and intuitive sides by curling up with a hot cup of tea. Chamomile, lemongrass and cornflowers are calming additions that help Pisces overcome their shyness and sensitivity.

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